The Denver Broncos are now on top of News Cycle's NFL Power Rankings after they defeated division rival San Diego on the road last night. The New Orleans Saints are a close second as they plow through their competition through Week 6.
1. Denver (42 points) Who's that Cutler guy again?
2. New Orleans (39) Winning will be a Brees this year.
3. Minnesota (36) Does Farve need an arm with Peterson behind him?
4. Indianapolis (33) Peyton's still the man, I'm just saying.
5. New York Giants (28) And Eli's got some more work all of a sudden.
6. Atlanta (22) The South is rising, but this is a wild-card team.
7. New England (17) What if Brady was injured in the 3rd quarter, what then?
8. Cincinnati (16) Still looking good, but need to win with more than two minutes left.
9. Arizona (12) Not playing like NFC champs.
10. Pittsburgh (11) Not playing like Super Bowl champs.
10. Chicago (11) Bears need help in the Red Zone.
12. Dallas (10) Romo & Co. will not make the playoffs.
12. Green Bay (10) Yeah, but most anyone can beat the Lions.
12. San Francisco (10) The first place 49ers that is.
15. Baltimore (7) A playoff team never more.
15. Philadelphia (7) Looking forward to rebound from the Oakland loss.
17. New York Jets (3) Six interceptions?
17. Houston (3) Just not quite good enough to make a dent in the standings.
19. Jacksonville (0) Ditto, see Houston above.
20. Miami (-1) Struggling, and they face the Saints next week.
21. San Diego (-3) Falling fast after the Broncos loss.
22. Carolina (-6) Having a rough time, but the Bills are coming to town.
22. Seattle (-6) They could beat Dallas, don't you think?
24. Buffalo (-13) The Jauron watch is stalled, but still brewing in Buffalo.
24. Oakland (-13) OK, they got their 15 minutes of fame beating Philly, time to come back to earth.
26. Washington (-17) So, what is Jim Zorn allowed to do?
27. Detroit (-19) Yeah, but most anyone can beat the Redskins.
28. Cleveland (-20) They can't play Buffalo every week.
29. Kansas City (-23) This is the bad.
30. Tennessee (-34) This is ugly. (Jeff Fisher doesn't deserve this.)
31. Tampa Bay (-36) see Kansas City.
32. St. Louis (-37) see Tennessee.
Teams get one point for a win.
They also get bonus points based on the strength of the win, based on how many victories their defeated opponent earns throughout the year. For instance, if the Steelers beat the Colts at any point in the year, and the Colts end up with 12 wins, the Steelers would get 12 bonus points by the end of the year. These totals are recalculated each week.
Teams earn one bonus point for a home win, and two bonus points for a road win.
Teams also earn one point for winning by 1 to 9; two points for winning by 10 to 19, three points for winning by 20 to 29 and four points for winning by 30 or more.
The opposite is true for losses.
Teams get a negative one point for a loss.
They also get negative bonus points based on the strength of the loss, based on how many times the opponent beat them losses throughout the year. For instance, the Redskins lost to the Lions earlier in the year,so the Redskins will get a negative point for each Lion loss throughout the year. If the Lions lose 12 games, the Redskins will get a -12 tagged on to their score. These totals are recalculated each week.
Teams earn one negative point for a road loss, and two negative points for a home loss.
Teams also get one negative point for losing by 1 to 9; two negative points for losing by 10 to 19, three negative points for losing by 20 to 29 and four negative points for losing by 30 or more.